University of Oxford
George and his colleagues from the University of Oxford Big Data Institute have recently returned from the Mobile Malaria Project, a six-week trip to Africa to learn about malaria research and to trial MinION sequencing pipelines in the field. Working with local collaborators in Zambia and Kenya, much of the project was spent training African scientists on the basics of nanopore sequencing and assessing its feasibility in low resource settings. The team tested amplicon sequencing pipelines for key antimalarial resistance genes in Plasmodium falciparum and insecticide resistance genes in Anopheles gambiae. They hope to use what they learnt to further develop research collaborations and build capacity for nanopore sequencing in Africa.
University of Nottingham
University of Birmingham
Dr. Sarah Wallace serves as technical lead in the Microbiology Laboratory at the NASA Johnson Space Center, which is responsible for mitigating infectious disease risk during human spaceflight. Her responsibilities include the assessment of microbial risk based on vehicle and mission architectures as well as crewmember, food, and environmental monitoring. These assessments are used to develop requirements for NASA and commercial spaceflight vehicles, including the International Space Station. In addition to her operational support of human spaceflight, Dr. Wallace leads new technology initiatives for her discipline with the goal of reducing Earth dependence for complex sample analysis. She has served as PI for numerous spaceflight investigations, including those to increase off-planet molecular biology capabilities and also to understand how the spaceflight environment impacts cellular behavior.